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Irruption of waxwings delights birdwatchers in Cambridgeshire





An ‘irruption’ of waxwings has been delighting birdwatchers across Cambridgeshire.

The beautiful birds sometimes arrive in larger than usual numbers in the UK in search of their favourite food - berries. A poor berry crop in Sweden and Finland this year is believed to have sent many of them southwards and it’s been a very strong year for berries here.

A waxwing in Cherry Hinton. Picture: Jon Heath
A waxwing in Cherry Hinton. Picture: Jon Heath

Waxwings have been spotted in Coton, Cambourne, Cherry Hinton, Vinery Road in Cambridge, Cambridge Science Park, Litlington, Stretham, Foxton and Wicken Fen, among other places.

A waxwing enjoy a Rowan berry in Cherry Hinton. Picture: Jon Heath
A waxwing enjoy a Rowan berry in Cherry Hinton. Picture: Jon Heath

County bird recorder Jon Heath said: “This is the first major waxwing irruption for 10 years with birds particularly attracted to Rowan berries - white and orange varieties seem to be their favourite.

A waxwing in Cherry Hinton. Picture: Jon Heath
A waxwing in Cherry Hinton. Picture: Jon Heath

“At the moment the waxwings have been very mobile, rarely staying in one place for long, though the flock at Coton has been fairly reliable. Hopefully, more birds will arrive as we move into the second half of winter.”



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